by Lissa Poirot
Nestled along two kilometers of sandy beach, Barcelo Bavaro is an upscale, luxury hotel. The resort is in Playa Bavaro and Punta Cana is the next nearest town. The 1,402-room family resort received a $330-million renovated in 2012, which added the adjacent 589-room adults-only Barcelo Bavaro resort, where grandparents may want to stay while on a trip with the entire family. The renovation also added a new teen activities complex that includes a water park and a night club, the new Barcu kids’ club, and a spa. Fourteen restaurants offer diverse cuisine, from classic French and Japanese to seafood and Spanish tapas.
The all-inclusive resort offers a variety of activities and entertainment, including water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, jet skiing, paddle boarding and more. The resort features several pools, 18-hole mini golf, 1,300-seat cruise ship-like theater, and the Pirate Island water park. Destination excursions can be arranged, and unique experiences such as cooking lessons, dance lessons and a visit to the resort’s bird sanctuary are also offered.
Rooms feature balconies, air conditioning and televisions. Bathrobes and slippers greet guests on arrival. Suites present additional bathrooms, televisions and closets. Bicycle rentals and touring excursions help guests explore the area. Babysitting services are available on request. All-inclusive rates cover all meals, beverages and activities at the resort.
Our Editor Loves
- Pools and water park
- Theater with shows
- Eight restaurants
If you are looking for a resort that has it all - this is it. Only thing I would change would be more "snack" options in case you want to munch in the afternoon. Be sure to verify your room when you check in, as we did ask for King size beds when booking, but were given two full size instead. Make your reservations for your supper meals the day you get there to ensure you get decent times/locations.
by Patrick J
Did I stay at a different resort than all these 5 star reviewers? Or do you all not know what a resort is supposed to be like?! The absolute WORST! Rooms are outdated with NO PRIVACY. No walls in bathroom and old outdated frosted glass for the “walls (that didn’t go to the top) “ for the toilet and shower. Don’t just go with a friend unless your getting very close that visit. HORRIBLE service in restaurant. Forgot my appetizer one night and brought it out after I got my entree. And everyone was just like, “here ya go. Whatever.” The cook at Kyoto just kept staring at us for a tip after he cooked. Very unprofessional! Food at EVERY location, we went to was dry, bland, and not seasoned. Servers at buffet rush you out. I went to get a refill (yes I had to get my own) and came back to where I had left more than half a plate of food and everything was gone. The server just looked at me and said, “oh sorry. You can get more.” And be careful what you get, cause the “sausage” at breakfast is also a hot dog at lunch. The food was so bad, an EMPLOYEE of the resort told us where to go to get good food OFF the resort. And to their praise. It was excellent recommendation, but sad we had to leave to have god food! (Funny story, when we got in the cab, the driver said, “sorry you are staying here!”haha) Moving I’m from food; I was kicked out of the pool at 8! Because apparently the 4 amazing pools (which is an exaggeration.) close at 8. 8pm?! So we tried to go to the Casino after the pool, and there is all of 6 maybe 7 tables with odd “stripper/dancers” Never in my life have I experienced such low-rent production. So, let’s go to the bowling alley instead right? The one there their are 4 lanes .. i said that right, where there is 4 lanes. 4 —- thousand of rooms resort and 4 lanes. Ohh and the “hot tub” in every room is an old, bathtub with jets... and the drain will keep coming out forcing you to continually refill. But all in all. NEVER go with the cheapest option. You will get the cheapest resort! At dinner we actually met people who had just checked in, and they were booking another resort at the table, because this one was so bad. Wish We had done that.